Scotland

RAF Lossiemouth Welcomes Further P-8A Poseidon Aircraft

The Scottish airbase has undergone a £400m renovation to house nine of the maritime patrol planes.

RAF Lossiemouth has welcomed a further two P-8A Poseidon aircraft, following a landmark arrival at the base earlier this week.

Three of the aircraft are now based at the Scottish site.

Extensive renovations costing more than £400m have included new, strengthened runways – on which the maritime patrol model landed for the first time on Tuesday.

There is also a £100 million "state-of-the-art" hangar facility at RAF Lossiemouth which can hold three submarine hunters, having been handed over to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in July.

P-8As are designed for anti-submarine warfare and will carry out search and rescue missions when deployed from the base in Moray.

"Maritime Patrol is home," wrote RAF Lossiemouth on Twitter, upon the arrival of the third P-8A.

The RAF's nine Poseidon aircraft will cost £3bn in total and are expected to be in the UK by the end of 2021.  

Cover image: One of the three P-8As to arrive at RAF Lossiemouth in recent days (Picture: RAF Lossiemouth / Twitter).